Michael Young (businessman)
Michael Alan Young is a businessman with a political background. He secretly organised the meetings between the South African Government and the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC).
After graduating from the University of York in PPE in 1972, Young started his career in 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's office and in the Foreign Office when Edward Heath was Prime Minister. He moved to ARC Ltd and then to its parent Consolidated Gold Fields as Public Affairs Manager where he worked under the Chairman Rudolph Agnew. It was under Agnew that Young organised secret meetings at Mells Park House, a building designed by Edwin Lutyens in Somerset. The meetings were attended by various delegates from the South African Government as well as leaders of the ANC such as Thabo Mbeki and Oliver Tambo. The meetings contributed to the end of South Africa's apartheid regime. In 2001 he was appointed OBE for his contribution to human rights.
Young's views on conflict resolution
Michael Young has summarised his prescription for good conflict resolution: "Having an analytical set of propositions" and "Taking the process away from the theatre - removing the potential for playing to the gallery".
- "The end of apartheid - an untold story". Grapevine (Alumni Office, University of York) (Spring/Summer 2002): 14–15.
- Briton who helped end South Africa's apartheid The Times, 4 May 2009
- The Queen's Birthday Honours BBC News, 15 June 2001
- The 'Real' Michael Young
- Robert Harvey, The Fall of Apartheid, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001. ISBN 978-0333802472
- Michael Young and the end of apartheid in South Africa, audio of interview, 27 March 2012
- Endgame, PBS Masterpiece Contemporary, additional interviews and resources
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